Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions

Choosing Armstrong Clark Oil Based Wood Stains will ensure lasting beauty and protection for all your exterior wood surfaces. Backed by five generations of experience in oil based coatings and cutting edge technology, Armstrong Clark Wood Stains will not only meet your wood protection needs but far exceed them.

Determine the square footage area of the surface you plan to stain. On decks be sure not only to measure the floor but also railings, spindles, steps and all areas that you are planning to stain. Armstrong-Clark Deck and Siding Stains will cover approximately 150-200 sq. ft. per gallon depending on age and wood porosity.

 

Armstrong Clark Deck and Siding Stains come in many different colors and tones. Keep in mind that the actual color results can vary depending on the type, age, condition, and porosity of the wood. Color samples are available if needed.

 

Prior to using any of the Armstrong Clark Wood Stains it is important to prepare the wood surface properly so the stain will perform as expected. See the RAD Wood Cleaner or Stain Stripper products for properly cleaning the wood surface prior to staining.

Allow the wood surface to dry 1-2 days after it has been cleaned and prepped. Be sure no rain is expected on the day of staining and for 3-4 hours after application so the stain can cure properly.

To apply Armstrong Clark Deck Stain you can use a roller, brush, stain pad, or airless sprayer. Mix the stain thoroughly prior to use. Unlike other stains, Armstrong Deck Stain can be applied in direct sunlight and on hot days. If the first application of stain penetrates within 30 minutes another coat can be applied for added protection.

If applying by sprayer, use a roller or brush to go over the sprayed areas for a more even appearance. After 24 hours use a dry rag to remove any remaining puddles or glossy areas.

Armstrong Clark Wood Stain is environmentally friendly and does not contain an offensive odor. It is easy to apply and very user-friendly. Enhancing the appearance of your deck and giving it lasting protection is the best investment you can make and Armstrong Clark Oil Based Wood Stains makes it easy.

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    Administrator · 09/04/2015
    Jan B.:
    Thanks for your quick response! I may just do it myself next summer. How would you suggest I "lightly clean" the deck?

    Soap and water to remove dirt but not the stain.
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    Jan B. · 09/03/2015
    Thanks for your quick response! I may just do it myself next summer. How would you suggest I "lightly clean" the deck?
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    Administrator · 09/03/2015
    Jan B.:
    I have an Ipe deck which was stained 2-3 years ago. It needed work, so I ordered stripper, brightener, and 2 cans of mahogany stain (for 330'). Unfortunately i was out of town when the work was done. It doesn't look good - the color of the wood is irregular and there are many streaks. About 3/5 of 1 gallon of the stain has been used. Is there any chance that adding another coat (a week later) would help? Or will I need to wait until next summer and start over? (I live in Maine, so the season is short.)

    Adding more now might mean it will not absorb properly into the IPE. Best to leave alone, lightly clean and apply next year. Make sure that they do not back wipe the AC! It might have been why it is irregular.
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    Jan B. · 09/02/2015
    I have an Ipe deck which was stained 2-3 years ago. It needed work, so I ordered stripper, brightener, and 2 cans of mahogany stain (for 330'). Unfortunately i was out of town when the work was done. It doesn't look good - the color of the wood is irregular and there are many streaks. About 3/5 of 1 gallon of the stain has been used. Is there any chance that adding another coat (a week later) would help? Or will I need to wait until next summer and start over? (I live in Maine, so the season is short.)
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    Administrator · 08/30/2015
    Kim:
    When you say "wet in wet" to do a second coat, how can you put a coat on and then before its dry walk on top of the wet layer to coat again. R u meaning, stain a section, and then add another layer on that section before you move into the next section? And then should both layers be light layers

    You can walk on the first coat after 20-60 minutes while it is still wet. Just take care to not step in the second coat and obviously wear shoes you are not attached to.
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    Kim · 08/29/2015
    When you say "wet in wet" to do a second coat, how can you put a coat on and then before its dry walk on top of the wet layer to coat again. R u meaning, stain a section, and then add another layer on that section before you move into the next section? And then should both layers be light layers
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    Administrator · 08/12/2015
    Carolyn Guist:
    If applying to an Ipe deck, do you wipe it off after applying and waiting? If so, how long to wait? Thanks.

    No do not wipe off the AC. It needs to absorb and dry properly. Wiping it off will hinder the curing process and the stain.
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    Carolyn Guist · 08/11/2015
    If applying to an Ipe deck, do you wipe it off after applying and waiting? If so, how long to wait? Thanks.
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    Administrator · 08/10/2015
    Dan_pdx:
    Can you give me the names of your dealers in the Portland OR area (ZIP 97214)? I'm looking for semi-transparent deck stain. Thanks!

    We are an online dealer and can ship to you there.
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    Dan_pdx · 08/09/2015
    Can you give me the names of your dealers in the Portland OR area (ZIP 97214)? I'm looking for semi-transparent deck stain. Thanks!
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    Administrator · 08/03/2015
    DarkCanuck:
    I cleaned and brightened my cedar fence (850sq') yesterday using RAD, and plan to stain it this week.

    This is a new fence last year (never been stained). How many gallons/coats would you recommend? I have 1 5gal pail of semi-trans cedar that I bought already.

    Apply 2 coats wet on wet application. You will need 7-10 gallons.
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    Ryan Taylor · 08/01/2015
    I cleaned and brightened my cedar fence (850sq') yesterday using RAD, and plan to stain it this week.

    This is a new fence last year (never been stained). How many gallons/coats would you recommend? I have 1 5gal pail of semi-trans cedar that I bought already.
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    Administrator · 07/14/2015
    Boulder:
    Do you have a recommended spray tip size and pressure for applying a semi-solid with an airless sprayer? Does it matter whether we back brush with a brush or with a roller?

    Any tip will work but a wider fan is better. Back brush with a brush or stain pad. Do not use a roller.
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    Boulder · 07/14/2015
    Do you have a recommended spray tip size and pressure for applying a semi-solid with an airless sprayer? Does it matter whether we back brush with a brush or with a roller?
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    Administrator · 07/06/2015
    Gary Alan:
    My Ipe deck is 2 months old. Do you still recommend using cleaner?

    Do you recommend sanding? If yes, before or after cleaning?

    Yes on the cleaner. No need to sand.
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    Gary Alan · 07/06/2015
    My Ipe deck is 2 months old. Do you still recommend using cleaner?

    Do you recommend sanding? If yes, before or after cleaning?
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    Administrator · 06/28/2015
    Rick McGinniss:
    The deck was built in January, I waited until June. I'll do another light coat in September or October. Thanks!

    That will work.
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    Rick McGinniss · 06/27/2015
    The deck was built in January, I waited until June. I'll do another light coat in September or October. Thanks!
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    Administrator · 06/27/2015
    Rick McGinniss:
    I recently stained my PTP deck. It was put in last December/January. Prepwise, I washed, brightened and then buffed/lightly sanded. I checked it with a moisture meter before staining - it was at %14.

    Overall it looks great but as you can see in the pictures, it looks splotchy. Some parts of each board are fully covered, others seem a bit bare. Is this normal?

    Did you let the wood weather for 2-4 months before prepping? It does look good to us but you will require a light coat of stain on the flooring in the Fall.
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    Rick McGinniss · 06/26/2015
    I recently stained my PTP deck. It was put in last December/January. Prepwise, I washed, brightened and then buffed/lightly sanded. I checked it with a moisture meter before staining - it was at %14.

    Overall it looks great but as you can see in the pictures, it looks splotchy. Some parts of each board are fully covered, others seem a bit bare. Is this normal?
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    Administrator · 06/23/2015
    Matthew Svirida:
    I live in western MA (lots of snow, ice, rain, sun, you name it) and have a 30 year old deck that is low to the ground and has poor ventilation. It's dry and has a lot of cracks but is structurally in very good condition with no rot. I just bought the house and the deck has a solid stain that has peeled quite a bit. I'm having a pro sand the whole deck but am torn about what to use as far as a semi trans vs. semi solid. I would rather deal with cleaning and restaining more often than deal with peeling. Seems like semi trans is the way to go?

    Either is fine as both semi-solid and the semi-transparents in the AC are penetrating.
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    Matthew Svirida · 06/22/2015
    I live in western MA (lots of snow, ice, rain, sun, you name it) and have a 30 year old deck that is low to the ground and has poor ventilation. It's dry and has a lot of cracks but is structurally in very good condition with no rot. I just bought the house and the deck has a solid stain that has peeled quite a bit. I'm having a pro sand the whole deck but am torn about what to use as far as a semi trans vs. semi solid. I would rather deal with cleaning and restaining more often than deal with peeling. Seems like semi trans is the way to go?
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    Administrator · 06/17/2015
    Billymo:
    Hi, unfortunately the rain did take some stain off. Can I simply give it a second coa?

    A very light coat.
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    Billymo · 06/17/2015
    Hi, unfortunately the rain did take some stain off. Can I simply give it a second coa?
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    Administrator · 06/15/2015
    Billymo:
    I stained my mahogany deck with your mahogany stain this past weekend and it looks great. Half was done on Saturday which is fine. The other half was done on Sunday. It was completed about 4 to 5 hours before the rains came. It is now Monday morning and it poured overnight and is still raining. The entire deck looks rather normal this morning, just wet from the rain. There are obviously wet boards but I did not notice any oils in any of the puddles going on. Should I be concerned about anything? Once it stops raining, should I just let it naturally dry or should I go on it and sweep the water off?

    Just let it dry and see how it looks. If it looks okay then all is good.
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    Billymo · 06/15/2015
    I stained my mahogany deck with your mahogany stain this past weekend and it looks great. Half was done on Saturday which is fine. The other half was done on Sunday. It was completed about 4 to 5 hours before the rains came. It is now Monday morning and it poured overnight and is still raining. The entire deck looks rather normal this morning, just wet from the rain. There are obviously wet boards but I did not notice any oils in any of the puddles going on. Should I be concerned about anything? Once it stops raining, should I just let it naturally dry or should I go on it and sweep the water off?
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    Administrator · 06/15/2015
    Omar:
    Hi, we just stained our new Doug Fir porch yesterday with rustic brown. We love the results and color. I did have a question. I poured some of the stain in a bucket and my friend went directly out of the can. We both used brushes to apply. My areas appear to be a little darker (out of the bucket) and you can notice where we met up. I had the stain shaken about two weeks before and stirred well before use. Do you think this shade difference will last or will it fade to be less noticeable over time. I'm thinking I had more tint in the bucket. Thanks.

    It will most likely even out some but it probably be somewhat noticeable.
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    Omar · 06/14/2015
    Hi, we just stained our new Doug Fir porch yesterday with rustic brown. We love the results and color. I did have a question. I poured some of the stain in a bucket and my friend went directly out of the can. We both used brushes to apply. My areas appear to be a little darker (out of the bucket) and you can notice where we met up. I had the stain shaken about two weeks before and stirred well before use. Do you think this shade difference will last or will it fade to be less noticeable over time. I'm thinking I had more tint in the bucket. Thanks.
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    Administrator · 06/13/2015
    Ron Janke:
    Hello,
    My deck was stained with your semi transparent rustic brown wood stain last year. It looks great and still beads water. It was recommended that I apply a second coat to the flat surfaces this year.
    From your website it appears that all that I need to do is pressure wash, wait two days and apply another coat. Do I need to use a cleaner? If yes what do you suggest?
    Regards,
    Ron Janke

    Yes lightly wash with the RAD or similar deck cleaner to remove the dirt and prep for reapplying a light coat. Use the RAD and a light 2-4 oz concentration.
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    Ron Janke · 06/12/2015
    Hello,
    My deck was stained with your semi transparent rustic brown wood stain last year. It looks great and still beads water. It was recommended that I apply a second coat to the flat surfaces this year.
    From your website it appears that all that I need to do is pressure wash, wait two days and apply another coat. Do I need to use a cleaner? If yes what do you suggest?
    Regards,
    Ron Janke